Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s happening in Asheville to mark the holiday:
In celebration of MLK Day, there’s a planned peace march and rally beginning at 11:30 a.m. at St. James AME Church, 44 Hildebrand St. with a noon march to Pack Square Park.
Theres’ a 6 p.m. candlelight service at the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, in downtown Asheville. Details at mlkasheville.org.
Also Monday, Kenilworth Presbyterian Church at 123 Kenilworth Road will host is annual celebration of King. There’s a potluck dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Kenilworth Center, 4 Chiles Ave., with the program starting at 6:30.
The featured speaker is Hazel Mack, founding member of the Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party. The evening’s topic is “Memoir as Manifesto: A Push for Social Justice through Community Service.” From a press release:
Mack will reflect on her experiences as a member of the Black Panther Party, her career as a civil rights attorney for Legal Aid North Carolina, and the modern Black Power movement. The Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party implemented life-saving social programs for the poor and was the first and most prominent Black Panther Party chapter in the South. The evening will be hosted by Marvin Chambers, a founding member of A.S.C.O.R.E. (Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality), and an icon of the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina.